Turning Up the Heat

Turning Up the Heat

Cracking Down

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a man suspected of writing $8,000 in bad checks to several Costco stores in Leesburg and other parts of Loudoun County.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kraig Troxell said the Sheriff’s Office "knows he has not left the country, but is still trying to locate him at this point."

In the meantime, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman is turning up the heat on criminals who write bad checks.

Plowman created the Check Enforcement Program, a three-part program, to make it easier to criminally prosecute men and women who write bad checks.

The Check Enforcement Program gives bad check writers a final opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution. In order to avoid prosecution, offenders must fully refund victims, which includes a victim service fee to cover costs of the cashing the bad check and for the program.

"By the time a check reaches this program, the likelihood for criminal prosecution is high," Plowman said in a recent press release.

The Check Enforcement Program gives business owners a free way to recover money lost from bad checks by forcing the check writers to pay for the cost of the program.

Secondly, the program helps businesses by identifying bad check writers. The Sheriff’s Office encourages business owners to immediately turn over bad checks to them. The offenders won’t be allowed to participate in the program, and will be at risk of criminal prosecution.

Plowman’s program will also help offenders from writing future bad checks.

"Fewer bad checks mean a healthier economic climate," Plowman said in a press release.